nascent (not comparable)
- Emerging; just coming into existence.
- c. 1624, Richard Crakanthorpe, “That the Church of Rome holdeth no doctrine by faith”, in Vigilius Dormitans, Romes Seer Overseene: Or, A Treatise of the Fift Generall Councell held at Constantinople, Anno 553 under Iustininan the Emperour, in the time of Pope Vigilius […] , London: Robert Mylbourne, published 1631, page 186:
- In the firſt, the Pope was but Antichriſt naſcent ; In the ſecond, Antichriſt creſcent ; In the third, Antichriſt regnant ; but in this fourth, he is made Lord of the Catholike faith, and Antichriſt triumphant […]
- (mathematics, obsolete) Describing a quantity of object that is starting to grow from zero or an infinitesimal beginning. Also the creation or identification of an infinitesimal delta.
- 1710, Sir Isaac Newton, “Quadrature of Curves”, in John Harris, editor, Lexicon Technicum: Or, An Universal English Dictionary of Arts and Sciences: Explaining Not only the Terms of Art, but the Arts Themselves, volume II, London: Dan. Brown et al., translation of Synopsis Palmariorum Matheseos:
- Fluxions are very nearly as the Augments of the Fluents, generated in equal, but infinitely ſmall parts of Time ; and to ſpeak exactly, are in the Prime Ratio of the naſcent Augments : but they may be expounded by any Lines that are proportional to ’em.
- Describing the state, aspect, or practice of an abstract concept.
- 1742, William Warburton, The Divine Legation of Moses Demonstrated, on the Principles of a Religious Deist, from the Omission of the Doctrine of a Future State of Reward and Punishment in the Jewish Dispensation., volume 2, number 1, second edition, London: Fletcher Gyles, book IV, section 5, page 222:
- For, as we have ſhewn, the original Uſe of it was to ſupport naſcent Hero-Worſhip.
- (chemistry) Of the state of an element at the time it is being generated from some compound or transitioning from one state to another; Newly released from a compound (especially hydrogen and oxygen) by a chemical reaction or electrolysis and possessing heightened reactivity; Newly synthesized (especially protein or RNA) by translation or transcription.
- 1800, Humphry Davy, “Additional Observations and Experiments on the Respiration of Nitrous Oxide”, in John Davy, editor, The Collected Works of Sir Humphry Davy […] Researches, Chemical and Philosophical, Chiefly Concerning Nitrous Oxide, or Dephlogisticated Nitrous Air, and its Respiration., volume 3, London: Smith, Elder and Company, published 1839, Of the Changes Effected in Nitrous Oxide, and Other Gases, by the Respiration of Animals, page 250:
- There are no reasons for supposing that any of the residual atmospheric oxygen is immediately combined with fixed or nascent hydrogen, or hydrocarbonate, in the venous blood at 98°, by slow combustion, and consequently none for supposing that water is immediately formed in respiration.
Terms etymologically related to nascent
emerging; just coming into existence